Hey: They're Gonna Confiscate Your iPod
From border guards to copyright cops. Get busted with ripped music at the border, and you just may have your iPod, notebook, or smartphone confiscated on the spot. Maybe even if you acquired the music legally.
In my recent article on data deduplication on InformationWeek's sister site, Byte and Switch, a question of speed impact came up. As we talk to customers throughout the storage community about backup priorities, a surprising trend continues: the importance of shrinking the backup window has become less of a priority for disk to disk backup solutions. Why?
Die, Comment Spam. Die
Blogging software and services provider Six Apart (known for MovableType and TypePad) has unleashed a new anti-comment spam filter, creatively dubbed TypePad AntiSpam. Now how will I get the latest stock-trading tips, body-enhancing drugs, and pharma deals?
Finding The Needle, Part One - Saving Money
In the last week another new storage startup is launching a new product, another just received another round of founding, and still another announced it was being purchased. This happens almost every day with technology startup companies, especially in storage.
Adobe Flash Player Under Attack
Security researchers are warning that an in-the-wild exploit within the Adobe Flash Player has been planted in from 20,000 to 250,000 Web pages. If that wide range of potentially affected Web pages isn't enough disparity for you, try this on: it's not entirely clear what versions of Flash are at risk. Read on...
Making use of cloud computing resources like Google's App Engine, or Salesforce.com, or Amazon S3, while all the rage, still makes some folks nervous. In particular, heads of enterprise development organizations who feel the need to tell their developers, "Nah-ah. Unless it's behind our firewall, you can't use it."
Server virtualization helped justify and broaden the use of the SAN by leveraging networked storage to enable features like server motion. In similar fashion, companies such as Scalent Systems are using infrastructure virtualization to further justify and broaden the use of a SAN by bringing those server virtualization capabilities to nonvirtualized systems: the ability to move or start new application instances in a matter of minutes after powering on and bo
RIM To Indian Government: No Crypto Keys For You
Just last week it looked like RIM was ready to hand over its BlackBerry message encryption to the Indian authorities. Now, it seems as if, to quote singer/songwriter Tom Petty, RIM has had a "Change Of Heart."
Do iSCSI-Only Systems Make Sense?
When iSCSI first began to appear, there were several companies -- LeftHand Networks, EqualLogic (now owned by Dell), and others -- which developed storage solutions based solely on the protocol. But what these companies had really developed was a storage software solution that probably could have run on any protocol, although they choose iSCSI. My opinion is that this was as mu
An Inconvenient Data Retention Policy
I recently met with a client that had a 45-day retention policy for ALL data. I've heard of this kind of policy for e-mail, but I don't recall ever hearing of it for all the data in the enterprise. Is this realistic and can you get away with that short of a data retention policy? Not really, and here's why.
E-Mail Security And Compliance Not Taken Seriously
Forget viruses and spam as threats to e-mail. Those as so last century. And phishing attacks tend to take money from those who may not be smart enough to hold onto theirs. I mean, who clicks on an e-mail link and starts entering sensitive financial information? That leaves regulatory compliance, lawsuits, and data leakage as the big threats.
EMC's Own Not-So-Little World
After last night's party, which featured the Goo Goo Dolls, EMC World is in full swing. The morning keynotes said about what you'd expect them to say, talking about the huge growth in stored data and all the value that can be gotten from that data. Then, of course, there was a lot of talk about new products. And while I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, I was disappointed to hear almost nothing about interoperability or standards.
In a recent briefing with a Storage Resource Management Software manufacturer I heard the quote that I have now heard 1,001 times; "Excel is the No. 1 Storage Resource Management software." People are using Excel to do SRM work more often than specific SRM tools. They are manually inputting storage capacity, storage used, and other storage information into Excel spreadsheets.
Afghan Hijacker Gets Job At Heathrow Airport
When the authorities stopped him while he was driving around Terminal 5 (the new one) at Heathrow Airport, they thought he was an unlicensed cab driver. Turns out he is a convicted hijacker working as a cleaner at the airport. There's more ...
Check Point Pushes Virtualized Browser Protection
Browser vulnerabilities and threats -- malware, drive-by downloads, etc. -- is fast becoming the new security battleground. A new Check Point Technologies release promises that this will be a new security products battleground too.
Optimizing Primary Storage
Data deduplication has done much to optimize disk backup storage, but can those same efforts be successful in primary storage? Primary storage is, of course, different than secondary storage. Any latency can cause problems with applications and users. Thin provisioning, which I wrote about last week, can help a great deal, but once the data is actually written, the space is allocated. How can you make primary storage take up less space?
What's So Bad About An Air Force Botnet?
Air Force Col. Charles W. Williamson III proposes the armed service branch ready and deploy a massive global botnet capable of digitally choking our adversaries. Some don't like the idea. I'm wondering why this botnet hasn't been built yet.
Symantec Spam Report: April Was The Cruelest Month
Symantec's monthly Spam Report is out, just in time to remind us of what our queues and filters and networks all know -- spam is up and so, most likely is the blood pressure of everyone who has an e-mail account.
Grand Theft Auto IV Fans Under Assault
Identity thieves, creative scourge that they are, are always looking for the most recent trend, craze, news event, or blockbuster hit to pin their phishing and social engineering scams on the unwitting. Now they're targeting the runaway hit Grand Theft Auto IV.
The current poll on InformationWeek's sister site Byte and Switch, "Sun Down," paints a very bleak outlook for Sun storage. The final question, "Do you think they should exit the storage hardware business?" has a surprising 57% say that it should. Can Sun save itself? Probably not, but I can ...
McAfee Spam Experiment Results: Spam Is Bad And There's Lots Of It
All spam all the time -- that's what volunteers for McAfee's Global S.P.A.M (Spammed. Persistently. All. Month.) experiment looked for, and that's what they got when they turned in their brand-new, completely unprotected machines and opened themselves to the deluge.
Why Software Stinks
Earlier this decade, many universities started adding cybersecurity as part of a well-rounded programming curriculum. Apparently, universities in the U.K. didn't get the memo.
As the economy slows down and budgets tighten up, once again IT professionals are being asked to do more with less (does anyone remember when you were allowed to do less with more?). How can you tighten up your storage processes one more time? The first technology that I would count on to help is virtualization. For virtualization to truly pay off it must be more than just server virtualization.
Data Moveage: How To Move Data And Live To Tell About It
In a previous entry I wrote about the importance of moving data from primary storage to another platform. The roadblock is how to move that data from expensive storage to secondary storage. The traditional approach of deploying an agent on every server that monitors all the files and then moves files that haven't been accessed to a lower class of storage hasn't worked well in the enterprise. There are a variety of reasons, but most of the issues are the deployment and management of that many age
NFS Saved By VMware?
Will NFS become the predominant storage deployment method for VMware implementations?
NFS didn't need to be saved, but because of VMware its use has been broadened beyond the traditional Unix implementations. Instead of creating a LUN for each VMware Virtual Disk (VMDK), with NFS you manage multiple VMDK files on a single NFS Volume. This makes sense because VMDK's are files, not actual disks.
More On Disaster Recovery: Mind The Gaps In Your Plans
We've talked a lot here about disaster recovery, and almost as much about planning for disaster recovery. In considering these, it's well-worth considering -- and looking for -- any hidden gaps or vulnerabilities that might bring even the best-laid plans to grief.
Your servers are probably bloated with data that is years old and yet despite your retention policy, if you have one, you keep it all. The relatively inexpensive price of disk capacity has made it easier to keep everything on primary disk storage. When you think of primary storage, you think of active data, databases, current documents, e-mail, etc. -- but because of the affordability of storage, it basically also has become the archive. Data is kept on disk, "just in case." It seems easier to s